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. this morning mark o'mara made his closing argument saying that zimmerman had acted in self-defense. then state attorney john guy offered a rebuttal, asking juror does bring their common sense to bear in deciding this case and pointing out what he says was in george zimmerman heart the night of the shooting. moments ago, the jury had a question for the judge, requesting an inventory list of the evidence by number and descriptio description. craig melvin has been following the case. >> two and a half hours, that's how long the jury of six women has been deliberating so far. didn't take them long to ask that first question, we're told. right now the clerk is working on maybing that list, that list of evidence. after the clerk is done leaking the list, counsel will review the list, and then it will be made available to the jurors. again, not terribly uncommon in a case like this for jurors to ask questions. in fact, we anticipate that more questions will be asked. i spent some time a short time ago talking to benjamin crump, the attorney that has been working very closely with the martin family. h
george zimmerman's fate. and theatrics. jury watched as mark o'mara dragged a huge chunk of increment and prosecutors wrestled a dummy. how much do visual aids like these help? let's bring in mary ellen o'toole. i want to ask you about the importance of closing arguments in and of themselves. >> the closing arguments are very important but they are not evidence. what i heard and what i think is important is that, there are multiple motives in any violent crime. these motives can change over time. the intent and emotion are not the same so someone can say harsh words but the emotions they are feeling may be very different. to me that becomes very speculative and that really was an issue in both closing arguments. >> heather: what should the ultimate goal of the closing argument be towards those jurors? >> i think what you want the jurors to be able to do is as little as speculation as possible. it really does become the forensic evidence, the circumstantial evidence and then the behavioral evidence. if people are left to do too much speculation on their own or pull in their basic knowl
that decision as well though mark o'mara acknowledged george wanted to take the stand at one point. do you think the jury is left wanting for the fact that they did not hear directly from george zimmerman from the stand? >> it's always a question as a defense attorney, although the jury is instructed don't pay attention to it, one does not have to give up their fifth amendment right. there's always that lingering issue that's above you that you wonder should you have the client take the stand. in this particular case, i think it's uniformly agreed upon by most analysts and definitely by me that it would have been a disaster for him to take the stand. he's already had enough inconsistencies with various statements he made, and this is an excellent prosecution team, and i think it would have just been a dream for them to have gotten george zimmerman on the stand, and on top of it with this particular case, you have, which is so rare, a true, live re-enactment by him driving law enforcement through the complex and he was on the hannity show. so they got a chance to see his personality from his best
. >> where would the gun be now in. >> now the gun would be behind your left leg. >> on redirect mark o'mara straddled the dummy slamming the head to the ground to indicate that zimmerman's injuries are consistent with trayvon martin being on top of him with that fight. i want to talk about the significance of that demonstration. let's bring in our legal analyst sunny hostin and mark nejame. that was an amazing moment and a lot of people watched that. who do you think was more effective. they were reenacting trayvon martin on top. one retreating, the other effective. >> i think the cross was spectacular today. i don't think this witness was a good witness for the defense. i'm surprised the defense went to far to call this witness. his bias was shown on cross-examination. he's getting paid to do this. he reached out to the defense because he wanted to do this. he sbrer viinterviewed george zimmerman. it wasn't a good witness from the very beginning which up until today was doing pretty well. on cross-examination he just really faltered. i was in the courtroom for part of the testimony. the ju
and uninterested and business-like. >> but you look at mark o'mara. >> isn't he middle ground? >> we'll see what his final thing is tomorrow. he has been sort of -- he's very steady but seems pretty precise. you called him masterful. >> terrific. he has a wonderful courtroom demeanor. let's see. i have to say -- he said to you last night in your interview he doesn't write things down, he just sort of goes in the moment. it's tough to talk for three hours just being in the moment and, you know, if he's sitting there leafing through yellow pads, which is something lawyers do which i hate, i don't think that will be very effective but we'll see. >> but mark o'mara was saying he's lived with this case for a year and a half and doesn't need to write it down at this point. he knows what he wants to say. >> i will tell you something, a very small circle of friends that are almost all trial lawyers and great try lawyers. and the great -- the guys who are the greatest at it can get up -- and having lived the case, they can emote, modulate, they can talk from the heart and they get up there and they will
watching mark o'mara on the ground with adam pollack demonstrating mma moves. he's come on the stand to testify as being a fitness expert, knowing of the sport of mma. why is he so pivotal to what o'mara is trying to prove? >> mark o'mara likes to use physical demonstrations as much as possible in the courtroom. with this witness, he was demonstrating a muay thai or kickboxing stance with one person on the ground, one person on top. the witness, adam pollack, who has completed in muay thai and kickboxing for a number of years as a competitive athlete, was explaining that the mounted position is the power position. that's because gravity helps the person on the top in terms of throwing blows on the person on the bottom. >> and i think we've got video of them. we're still cueing it up. i wanted to show it to everybody, the physicality. as you say, mark o'mara likes to demonstrate that physicality in the courtroom. the jury actually got to see o'mara as the victim, so to speak, on the ground with the expert there on top demonstrating that type of power position, what it means to have so
as the defense attorney mark o'mara presented his closing argument and prosecutor john guy gave the state's rebuttal. >> so this is what happens in a criminal case. the state has to take you from somewhere down here before there's any evidence, and he sort of presumed to be not guilty, all the way up the list in your mind. the person who decided that this is going to continue, that it was going to become a violent event was the guy who didn't go home when he had the chance to. it was the guy who decided to lie in wait, i guess, plan his move. does it really help you decide this case when somebody who is not george zimmerman's voice screams at the you or yells at you and curses at you? no. i would contend, listen to the tape, don't listen to mr. guy. i think mr. guy is trying to sound like him with his really -- fing punks. you know, do we need that? and then it was said how many times was it said that trayvon martin wasn't armed? now, i'll be held in contempt if i drop this, so i'm not going to do some drama and drop it on the floor and watch it roll around. but that's cement. that is sid
with counsel, not to testify, your honor. >>> so, he won't testify but his defense attorney mark o'mara is talking, striking a confident turn after today's dramatic session. >> i think we have a very, very good chance with the jury right now and with the evidence as presented. he's already given his story or statement five, six, seven times now so the jury has that and we just decided that there was enough evidence in there that we don't need to present any more. >> both sides using high drama with each holding a foam dummy did demonstrate the confrontation that ended trayvon martin's life. >>> dramatic stuff with this dummy and also, seemed very significant concession that by the state over who may have been on top. >> piers, yes, another fascinating day inside the courtroom. you have to say the prosecution's case went through an evolution i support is the kindest way. clearly a change in the way the prosecution has presented what happened. john guy getting up there, demonstrating with maybe one of the strongest testimonies, this testimony coming from something that is not alive, a dum
that way. and i just don't think that the evidence supports that. >> reporter: the pressure, now on mark o'mara to close out the defense's case friday before it heads to the jury. martin savidge, cnn, sanford, florida. >> it will likely head to the jury tomorrow afternoon. high stakes ruling, props, a power point presentation. even the prosecutor skipping around the room at one point. just about anything that can happen in the courtroom did happen today. plenty to talk about with our panel. sunny hostin and jeffrey toobin. danny savalos and mark geragos. mark's latest book, "mistrial." danny, let's start with you this time. that lesser charge that they wanted to suddenly bring in, that the prosecution sprung that don west literally said "oh, my god" about, did that stun you? >> i think it surprised everybody. it's one of those examples that is brilliant tactically by the prosecution, but it could be viewed as kind of dirty pool. here's why. felony murder is like a legal fiction. it's a policy crime, because all of our other forms of murders are on a continuum. they go from i meant to kill him,
. >> right, and also very powerful testimony, of course, pack from the defense, mark o'mara, in particular. being pretty calm most of the time but quite animated, too. tell me about his performance today. >> quell, you know, one of the things he's worried about it's not just second-degree murder, but there could be another charge of manslaughter, and it's possible the jury could say, well, that's the compromise, and it's not going to be murder, but we know someone has died. maybe this is a compromise verdict. and he is very much opposed to that. he worries of sympathy. here is how he explained it. >> it is a tragedy truly, but you can't allow sympathy to feed into it. when i say that to you, you should sit back and raise your hand and go are you nuts? how dare you tell me to leave sympathy out of my life? how dare you tell me to leave all of my emotions? how dare you? i don't do that ever in my life. welcome to a criminal courtroom because, unfortunately, you have to be better than your presumptions. you have to be better than what you do in everyday life, better, at least different, at le
zimmerman's attorney mark o'mara as he begins to close his argument in this case. what we just witnessed was a 4-minute moment of silence if you want to call it that after which mark o'mara point out something on the time line. he says that's how long trayvon martin had to run, to escape. what was he doing during those four minutes? very interesting question that the jury will have to ponder here in terms of what he deliberated during that time and what transpired next. i want to bring in andrea mcavoy and bernard coleman who have been watching this case with us. bradford, let me go to you first, how do you think he's doing today? >> you see very different styles between the prosecution and the defense. and generally the roles are reversed. number one you usually see the prosecutor be methodical, go through fact.. don't throw things up against the wall and you usually see the defense, they are always accused of we are trying to muddy the waters. in this one it's the direct opposite. the defense is going down the facts very methodically and exacting. i like to see a little moral emotion.
and meeting with the attorneys. you see mark o'mara defense attorney for george zimmerman and on the left part of the screen the other defense and prosecutors. she is going to get going momentarily. i want to bring in cnn's george howell. there are several very important issues on the agenda during this next hour without the jury present. she's going to make major decisions, george. >> well, wolf, look. here's what all the fighting is about. the defense is winding down its case, expected to rest its case today. and they want two pieces of evidence admitted into this trial. they want, number one, a computer reenactment of the crime scene and also they want text messages and photos from trayvon martin's cell phone. the prosecution wants none of it. they don't want it in the trial and these attorneys, wolf, they stayed up so late arguing that even george zimmerman had to stay out past his curfew. >> i'm not getting into this. court is in recess and i'll give my ruling in the morning. >> reporter: court went a little later than expected tuesday. they wrangled late into the night. 10:00 p.m. over w
, the ending by mark o'mara, zimmerman's attorney, flourishing with drama as he brought out that heavy chunk of concrete to bring out to this jury's attention that was a weapon that they claim trayvon martin was using against george zimmerman. to say that he was unarmed, just with skittles and a soft drink, mark o'mara saying that's disgusting. that's not what it was, it was a 17-year-old kid who sprang from the darkness, who ambushed george zimmerman, attacked him, punched him in the nose, broke the nose and was bashing his head into the sidewalk, into that concrete, forcing, forcing zimmerman -- who e said had no choice but to use self-defense. the morning began with mark o'mara beginning his presentation very gently, very casually and conversationally, a folksy manner as opposed to the fiery moments bernie de la rionda, the prosecutor yesterday. so george zimmerman there standing up next to mark o'mara. tried to humanize his client, the defendant here charged with second-degree murder, who really has pretty much just sat there across the room from the jury this entire three week trial. pr
's team feel at this point? i am just speaking when mark o'mara said his client was "worried." how do they feel? >> yeah, they're very nervous, mark o'mara is very nervous, i talked to him last night. normally he is very calm, cool, collected. but you can see there is an edge to him. of course, they say george is very worried. but mark o'mara will be the one delivering the closing arguments. he doesn't memorize it or write down notes, anything like that. basically an ad lib, with a few bullet points. he knows when the jury is wandering, and senses if they fade, and will adjust it. if he thinks he is losing it in any way he will wrap up quickly. it should be interesting to watch and probably i would expect, very different in style. >> very interesting, i guess i am surprised in a sense. i would imagine he has an outline to go by or something. we shall see. martin savige, thank you. i want to bring in our legal analyst, sunny hostin, i want to start with you, sunny and give them a sense of the closing argument today. they were talking about the medical examiner photos of trayvon martin.
zimmerman at the end of the first half of mark o'mara's closing argument before the jury, the judge going into a research, she said for about 15 minutes, sometimes it lasts a bit longer. we want to welcome in our viewers. i'm wolf blitzer in for carol costello. this is a special edition of "newsroom." we're going to return to the courtroom as soon as the defense attorney resumes his closing argument. the challenge he's phasing, convincing the jury that zimmerman was merely trying to defend himself. let's get some perspective on what the jurors have heard so far today over the course of the first hour, 20 mens or so of mark o'meara's closing argument. also joining us, page pate, philip snyder, and cnn's senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin. jeff, i'll start with you, how did o'meara do? >> first of all what an extraordinary contrast between the styles of the prosecutor and the defense lawyer. yesterday we had a very rhetorical, formal, loud presentation. today, very conversational, very relaxed, almost chatty, and, you know, i get it depends on how you respond to that kind of speaking. i th
attorney mark o'mara discuss what happened the night of that tragic shooting, the aftermath. in this exclusive interview, the events of that night, straighten out the record about internet rumors involving me, and george delivers a message to the martin family and to you, the american people. a lot of time has passed, since this incident with trayvon. how do you feel about it that you've had time to reflect on what has happened? >> i haven't really had the time to reflect on it. when i was in jail, obviously, i was in solitary confinement, and i had a lot of time to think and reflect. and i just think it's a tragic situation. i hope it's the most difficult thing that i'll ever go through in my life. >> let's go back to the night of the shooting. take us back to that night. you were going to the store. let's start at the beginning. >> i was going to target to do my weekly grocery shopping. sunday night was the only night -- well, sunday after we mentored the kids, we would always go grocery shopping and do our cooking for the week, so i wanted to go to target, i headed out. t
, based upon conversations with mark o'mara, based on a conversation with him over the weekend, that they are going to call tracy martin as well, trayvon martin's father. >> they're going to be playing more of the audiotape of george zimmerman's call into the nonemergency police line. again, leeanne benjamin, swroge zimmerman's friend is on the stand. >> sanford police department. >> we have a real suspicious guy, the best address i can give you is 111 -- this guy looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something. it's raining and he's just walking around looking about. >> is he white, black or his sp span nick. >> he looks black. he's just staring. >> he's just walking around the area? >> he's looking at all the houses. now he's just staring at me. >> the -- that's the clubhouse. >> are you near the clubhouse right now? >> yes, now he's coming towards me. >> okay. >> and he's a black male? how old would you say he was? >> he's got a button on his shirt. >> there's something wrong with him. he's coming to check me out. he's got something in his hands. i don't know wh
zimmerman trial yet. who will mark o'mara calls a his last witness? that's all for us tonight. anderson cooper starts now. >>> the trial was a sprint but tonight it became a marathon. trench warfare in the courtroom. good evening. welcome to another "ac 360" special report "self-defense or murder, the george zimmerman trial." first, a heated battle that just ended at 9:56 p.m. eastern time. the judge ordering a recess until tomorrow morning, wednesday. the defense asking the judge to permit several key items into evidence, text messages and photos that would seem to paint trayvon martin as aggressive in the eyes of the jury. the defense attorney don west tonight making his pitch. listen. >> there are two main issues. one relates to several conversations by mr. martin attempting to acquire a firearm. >> these are conversations that are audio conversations or are they written? >> they are text messages that were obtained from his phone. the crux of the matter is the fighting issue, it's mr. martin's text messages about being in a fight, about the effects of that fight on him, th
. then tomorrow defense attorney mark o'mara delivers his closing as well followed by a prosecution rebuttal. then the jury gets the instructions and the deliberations will begin. the six woman jury will decide if the 29-year-old neighborhood watch captain george zimmerman shot and killed unarmed teenager trayvon martin in self-defense or was it second degree murder? judge debra nelson this morning ruled that jurors can consider the lesser charge of manslaughter. she has yet to decide if the jury can consider third degree felony murder as well. the judge likely will make that ruling in just a couple of minutes when the court returns from lunch break. >>> live to sanford, florida, george howell outside the courthouse and, george, we watched all morning. fireworks in the courtroom, the jury not there but defense attorney don west not only battling the prosecutor but also the judge numerous times. what were the issues? >> well, we're dealing with this hearing of the charging conference and the jury instructions, basically deciding exactly what george zimmerman could be charged with and what thi
? >> well, christine, absolutely. all eyes in this town, all eyes around the country today will be on mark o'mara. he will get three hours to make his case to convince this jury it's not manslaughter or second degree murder. the prosecution gets one hour for rebuttal before the jury walks away to make their decision. >> the attorneys will present their final arguments. >> reporter: closing arguments, the final stage in the trial for george zimmerman. >> a teenager is dead. he is dead through no fault of his own. he is dead because another manmade assumptions. >> the prosecutor went into great detail pointing out inconsistencies from zimmerman's story from the television interview he did to the re-enactment from police. they picked apart the account of what happened. >> why was he able to yell. the victim was on top. or is he lying about that? look at the gun. look at the size of this gun. how did the victim see that in the darkness? >> reporter: in closing, he got a reaction from george zimmer n zimmerman. >> unfortunately, the only photographs left of trayvon martin are those photographs. they
will each side argue its case and defense attorney mark o'mara, you know, he tried to physically prove zimmerman's innocence earlier this week. >> so, george zimmerman, trayvon martin. the injuries on mr. zimmerman's head consistent with somebody doing this on cement? >> i don't think so. >> how about this? how about somebody resisting the attempt, the injuries the two lacerations? could that have come from cement? if somebody was resisting me pushing down? >> i believe so. i believe it was a culmination of downward force, whether it was from pushing or striking and i know clearly by the injuries to his face and that would drive him back, his head striking hard into the concrete. >> meanwhile, the prosecution tried to paint a very sinister picture of the defendant. >> why does this defendant get out of the car if he thinks that trayvon smarnt a threat to him? why? why? because he has got a gun. he has got the equalizer. is he going to take care of it. he is a wanna be cop. he is going to take care of it he has got a gun. and my god it's his community and is he not going to put up with
the attorneys for the defense are sitting. he gets between mark o'mara and don west and essentially demands that don west apologize for offending his honor, so to speak. don west raises his voice and says, no, i'm not apologizing. it was at that point sheriffs deputies had to come down and interrupt and encourage the attorneys to leave the courtroom. >> not only honor but essentially accusing him of violating the law. >> yes, yes. yeah, that was exactly what he was accusing him of. the apology did not happen. even before that, you know, judge nelson extended george zimmerman's curfew. what ended up happening yesterday late into the night, these hearings that were supposed to take 30 minutes, an hour, they ended up spanning two, three, and four hours. don west at one point right before judge nelson left the courtroom, don west was complaining that the pace of the trial was essentially getting to be too much for him. the hearings and the late nights and it was getting to be too much and was pleading for a later start among other things. judge nelson cuts him off midway through his plea and le
to lisa bloom. lisa bloom. assess what you've heard so far. >> so far, mark o'mara is hitting on reasonable doubt. he spent a good junk of the beginning just talking to this jury about how if they have a doubt, if there's unsure, if it's a probably, a maybe, i could have, should have, would have, it's a defense case. >> all right. let's go back now that they've changed the equipment. we're going to see that animation. some art fishality i've had to include in the animation to show you is just things like that. what i want you to look at is the how the event may have happened at the t-intersection and how things progressed from there and how that comports with some of the evidence. or not. t-intersection. the first -- there's the shot. it's in the nose we contend. number one right there is where the flashlight is found. george's small flashlight on his key. didn't have any movement except to get them to the spot of the actual shooting. we don't really know what happened. george zimmerman did say he tried to push him off and tried to push him away it i think in the video they we
statement of trayvon martin going for his gun and defense attorney mark o'mara decided he would borrow the mannequin for his own demonstration. >> yes, sir. >> by the way, did you have the defendant do this? >> no, sir. >> when you talked to him, you didn't have him do this? >> no, sir. >> if this person, this mannequin, were carrying a firearm on their waist, where would the gun be right now in relation to me? >> would be at your left inner thigh. >> right here. right? >> yes. if he was right-handed it would be at your left inner thigh, yes, sir. >> right. underneath my leg? >> yes. >> what injuries on mr. zimmerman's back of his head consistent with, someone doing this on cement? >> i don't think so. >> how about this? how about somebody resisting the attempt, the injuries, the two lacerations, could that have come from cement if somebody was resisting pushing me down like? >> i believe so. >> whose theory will the jury believe, we may soon find out, second-degree murder, manslaughter or simply not guilty? don lemon, cnn, sanford, florida. there is still more ahead. we'll take a look
: attorney mark o'mara asked the judge to acquit his client after the state rested its case. arguing prosecutors have not proven second degree murder. judge debra nelson denied that motion. putting the defense on deck as this trial moves into week three. and we're back live and inside the courtroom. you see george zimmerman there, still unclear whether the jury has entered the room or not, but court will start up here in the next few minutes. wolf, we kno the defense team took the weekend to take depositions with new witnesses. we could hear from several over the next three or four days and we could hear from chris sereno and more family and friends and the forensic pathologist who is considered an expert in that field. >> we don't yet know who the first witness today will be. we'll just have to wait and see who the defense decides to call. >> yeah. >> we're monitoring. typically that person will walk right in. you know, be sworn in and we'll get the name and find out who will be up first. that has not happened yet. again, it's still unclear, wolf, whether the jury has entered the co
created, if you will, on saturday -- >>> mark o'mara, the defense attorney for george zimmerman making the case while the testimony of john donnelly on behalf of george zimmerman should remain as evidence -- should be allowed for the juries to consider, even though the state, the prosecution is arguing that mr. donnelly violated the so-called sequestration rules by watching the trial, talking about the case after -- at least until -- he had not yet been excused, and as a result this debate is going on. that testimony from donnelly was very significant, a vietnam war veteran. he testified that it was in fact george skipper man's voice crying out for help on that 911 tape, whether or not that will be allowed to remain as evidence, that's what they are arcing about right now. we will continue to watch what's happening in the courtroom. stand by for that. >>> also, there was a dramatic demonstration in the courtroom earlier in the day, dueling lawyers with dummies. what did both sides accomplish? >>> and later, the former sanford, florida, police chief speaking out to cnn for the first tim
notes there. they are trying to take it in. if you're trying -- and mark o'mara was very upset with the schedule that, the prosecution gets to have this big opening and then the jury gets excused and they get to go home and sleep on it and it gets in their head. >> here's bernie de la rionda in his final statement that show as little different tone than the clip we played earlier. >> i ask to you come back with a verdict that speaks the truth, a verdict that is just. you heard from many people in this case and i've summarized some of them. there's a lot more actually that you heard. we know you paid close attention throughout all these proceedings. some of the people you heard from were the parents of both the victim and the defendant. unfortunately the only photographs left of trayvon martin are those m.e. photographs. i mean, they still got other photographs and you saw some of them, the football whin his you are days but they can't take any more photos. and that's true because of the actions of one person, the defendant, george zimmerman, the man who is guilty of second degr
an impression of george zimmerman. stand up for a second. >> reporter: today defense attorney mark o'mara asked the jury in his closing argument not to make assumptions about george zimmerman. >> neighborhood watch, cop wannabe, crazy -- >> reporter: about being an overzealous neighborhood watchman who hits his breaking point. >> listen to the call. anger? frustration? hatred? ill will? spite? get out here and get these guys. i hate these young black males. whatever. what they want you to get from that. >> reporter: armed with a chart showing the prosecution's burden and others detailing the night martin was killed -- >> there's the shot. >> reporter: the defense created an animation illustrating martin starting the fight with zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, saying he fired in self-defense. >> try not to do much. >> reporter: later the attorney called for a moment of silence. clock watching filling the void. first for a minute, then two. and still more. >> that's how long trayvon martin had to run. about four minutes. from when he said he was running. that's how l
, i think that mark o'mara was jebtle on the prosecutors and the thing that's offended me throughout this case, especially at the end, is that i absolutely believe that the prosecutors knew that trayvon martin was on top. the forensics, john good, the maybe, everybody. there's no doubt as far as who was on top. and they conceded that point the day before the final arguments. how? when they brought out those dummies. what did they do? they gave hypotheticals with what? trayvon martin atop of george zimmerman in a re-enactment. never once did they show the jury the reverse. their opening statement said trayvon martin was on the top. they said it with their first witnesses but yet they concede it at the end. that was wrong and they should be held accountable for that. >> impassioned. sunny, i like your impassive look while he's being impassioned defusing his passion. we'll leave you and come back but two things to keep in everybody's mind. this is the type of analysis that can go on in there. big questions for that jury. if george zimmerman was on the bottom the way mark suggests why di
. zimmerman's attorney mark o'mara whod what he says is how trayvon martin pounded zimmerman's head into the pavement. the prosecution says there was no way zimmerman could have grabbed his gun. we'll get significant arguments about it attorneys in this case before they close and we are waiting for a critical ruling by the judge. >> reporter: it's about the critical jury instructions the 6-woman jury will take with them into the deliberations room sometime friday afternoon. these could include the second degree murder charge and lesser offenses which if convicted could send george zimmerman to prison in florida for many years. we are still on the seal, so the court -- now we are seeing the judge sit down. we are seeing judge debra nelson taking her seat. attorneys about to argue whether the facts of the jury instructions include lesser offenses. the jury instructions clearly explain what is meant by burden of proof, beyond a reasonable doubt and the rules of deliberations. clearly zimmerman is charged with second degree murder but he could be charged with manslaughter. >> what georg
you think that what mark o'mara did today was effective? >> i do. he made a different bet than the prosecutor did yesterday. the yesterday put an enormous emphasis on the issue of zimmerman's statements saying that zimmerman lied, he contradicted himself, he was inconsistent. basically, mark o'mara blew off that issue. he said there's a few inconsistencies that no one tells the story the same way twice. it will be interesting to talk to the jurors later to see if that different approach had an impact because i do think that it was effective to go through each witness the way o'mara did. he made a bet that the jury is not going to care that much about those inconsistencies if they were major and that was a risk. >> yeah. you're right. it was a very nuanced day in cord. you bring up a good point, the jurors. it all comes down to them. george howell was in that courtroom. was there any information to portray what the jurors might have been thinking as they will get their instructions and probably start deliberating. >> reporter: fair to say they were paying close attention to ever
charge manslaughter and it will be up to defense attorney mark o'mara for three hours to convince jurors george zimmerman is not guilty of manslaughter and not guilty of second-degree murder and then the prosecution gets one hour for rebuttal. >> the attorneys will now present their final arguments. >> reporter: closing arguments the final stage in the trial against george zimmerman for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old trayvon martin. >> a teenager is dead. he is dead through no fault of his own. he is dead because another man made assumptions. >> reporter: prosecutor bernie de la rionda went into great detail pointing out inconsistencies in zimmerman's story from the national television interview he did to the video re-enactment conducted with police. the prosecution picked apart zimmerman's account of what happened. >> why is he able to yell if the defendant claims the victim was -- how he's going to talk or is he lying about that? look at the gun. look at the size of this gun. how did the victim see that in the darkness? >> reporter: in closing, de la rionda even elicited a reaction
is being brought into the jury right now. they are moving at a pretty good clip with the evidence. mark o'mara over the weekend says he plans at some point -- we don't know whether today or tomorrow, perhaps even the day after -- but at some point the defense is going to call tracy martin, trayvon martin's father. the state did not call tracy martin. they called sybrina fulton, trayvon martin's mother. we expect that when the defense calls trayvon martin's father they are going to continue to do what we've seen them do all day today, which is play that tape again because, if you recall, tracy martin initially said that it wasn't his son's voice being heard in the background of that 911 tape that we've heard over and over. months later he would then say, yes, it does sound like my son. but initially he said it was not trayvon martin's voice. right now doris singleton is the witness who is being called to the stand. again, the sixth witness of the day, andrea. we should also note here that at some point there is going to have to be a decision made by judge nelson over a motion that was made rece
today from the defense? >> the defense, third witness, and over the weekend we learned from mark o'mara that at some point, perhaps as early as today, the defense plans to call tracy martin. of course the father of 17-year-old trayvon martin. they're going to call tracy martin perhaps for the same reason that the state chose not to call tracy martin. tracy martin shortly after they played that 911 tape, police played the neighbor's 911 call for tracy martin said to the police officer, according to the police detective's report, i asked mr. martin if the voice calling for help was that of his son. mr. martin emotionally impacted by the recording, quietly responded no. the defense of course will pounce on that. we should note tracy martin later said it was, in fact, his son's voice on that 911 call. the defense is going to be calling a number of witnesses. don't know if we're going to hear from them later today. mark o'mara said other the weekend that he was having a good time with the trial, but he expected that he could probably try and wrap this thing up late to mid, this week. >> afte
mark o'mara says among the witnesses he plans to call the to stand -- >> could the defense also call martin's father to the stand? >> trayvon martin's father. >> does anyone have a better argument than the other? >> only two people really know what happened on that evening. >> about whether it was george zimmerman or trayvon martin. >> this is day 20 of this trial. day 10 of testimony. >> the defense team says they plan to wrap up their presentation to the jury by mid to late week. >> court is in recess until 8:30 in the morning. >>> the shocker in the george zimmerman trial today was that george zimmerman's defense called trayvon martin's father as a witness. it was a very risky tactic for the defense, which they apparently thought was worth it after the testimony of chris serino today, the lead investigator of the zimmerman case, who was the -- the very first person to play the audiotape of the 911 call where someone can be heard screaming before george zimmerman shot and killed trayvon martin. he played that for trayvon martin's father. >> i believe my words were "is that your son
. be the most dramatic day in the zimmerman trial yet. who will mark o'mara calls a his last witness? >> is this injury you see in this exhibit consistent with having been punched in the nose? >> yes, sir. >> this is exhibit 48. we'll put it on the projector and see if you can find the detail. this is represented as the photograph taken several hours later at the police department of mr. zimmerman's face. testimony of this man, dr. vincent di maio. >> reporter: of course. the lights on behind me, this is a see quested jury so they are getting as much done as fast as they can and accomplished so much with the witness you just talked about. dr. vincent di maio. heard of him? probably. he's like the grand dad of pathology, he was the medical examiner in beaux county in texas and made incredible arguments, so many points the prosecution made. listen to the first part, he goes after what the prosecution said. first of all, if george zimmerman tried to put out trayvon von martin's hands after she hot him, why were the hands under the body f. george zimmerman said trayvon mapp martin said y
the state was withholding evidence. the judge leaves. west goes over to the table. he gets between mark o'mara and says, you should apologize for that. he raises his voice and says no, i'm not apologizing. sheriff deputies come over and kindly ask the attorneys to leave court. yeah, it was -- to say that emotions ran high last night might be a bit of an understatement. part of the problem with that animation, chuck todd, it was revealed last night that john good, and you may remember john good, he was one of the neighbors at the condo complex who testified trayvon martin was on top. it was revealed the guy who made the animation relied heavily on john good's testimony. judge else nelson said john goow did you even talk to john good, he was supposed to be sequestered. >> interesting. let's talk about what happened yesterday. that the jury saw. how did this -- how did the defense do yesterday as they were trying to come up with their own explanation of what they found based on forensic evidence? >> yesterday was definitely the best day for the defense. dr. vincent di maio was clearly their best
. information and photos provided were by mark o'mara and the defense team. >> we've had this description by two witnesses for the defense of george zimmerman, as i said, being an unfit individual. and then at the same time, there was this implication or indeed strong suggestion that they had an assessment of trayvon martin's fitness, even though they knew nothing about his physical health. they had not actually met the young man. yet they were painting him as this superfit, young black athlete. >> well, the expert witness today was definitely, and that was interesting. he had to answer questions from the prosecutor on cross-examination about that. you didn't know anything about trayvon martin. you knew he played football in middle school, that was about it. what else did you know about him? height and weight and that he was physically healthy, that's what the autopsy report said. that's it. we don't know anything about his fighting ability. if he had any at all. if he would be a one on a scale of one to ten or a ten or in between. a lot of assumptions made about him, 17 years old, just turned 1
:30 tomorrow morning, at which time mark o'mara will begin the defense's closing argument. the state will then have a chance to rebut their closing argument, and the jury will be charged. back with us, lisa bloom, faith jenkins and marcia clark, i want to listen to something that mark o'mara said, he will be up there tomorrow. what he said when he argued for basically a directed verdict at the end of the prosecution's case. saying that they failed to make their case. it came down to this one line. >> trayvon martin did in fact cause his own death. >> marcia clark, that is what they have to argue to this jury. that george zimmerman did not cause that death. the death was caused and trayvon martin's death was caused by trayvon martin. >> that is right, they're going to have to point to whatever they can to try and establish that george zimmerman was not the aggressor, that trayvon martin was, and that george zimmerman had no choice, ultimately but to shoot at trayvon martin. and so what they're going to point to, i'm sure, is number one thing is the way that the ballistic evidence, no
and this is their first time to talk about it among the jury. >> thank you. today zimmerman's lawyer mark o'mara talking to jurors for almost three hours. >> i've called this case the bizarre-o case in my practice because sometimes it seems like it's turned upside down to me. not saying that you should agree with that but a perspective i have had in this case. how many could have beens have you heard from the state in this case? how many what ifs have you heard from the state in this case? well, they don't i don't think anyway, they don't get to ask you that. so, let's talk about my burden to prove to you beyond a reasonable doubt of his innocence at the risk of confusing you, i'm going to request that you not allow me to confuse you as to the standard. but i want to show you what the evidence has shown concerning my client's absolute beyond question, beyond a reasonable doubt innocence. >> how did he do? joining us is our legal panel, in washington, bernie grim, jim hammer, here in sanford, florida, ted williams and diana tennis. ted, i almost -- i think i almost had a stroke as a defense lawyer hearin
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